1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Election HD Mix Channel Press Release

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Darkscream, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Nov 5, 2008 #81 of 100

    Juppers Icon

    Oct 26, 2006
    And now both channels are back to SD. That's frustrating, because now we KNOW it could be HD if they wanted it to be.
  2. Nov 5, 2008 #82 of 100

    JerryElbow Legend

    Jun 14, 2007
    This was the first time I'd watched one of these "HD Mix" channels. I was afraid it would be too confusing to bother with. Heck, I never even liked picture-in-picture with just two channels. However, I found it easy to watch, easy to navigate between channels and just altogether well done. It was also interesting to several of the eight channels call the election at about 1 second past 10:00 Eastern. I don't know what other events I would want to watch this way, but it worked for the election. Kudos on this one, DirecTV!
  3. Nov 5, 2008 #83 of 100

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    What does Direct TV need from us to keep the News Mix, or make the Sports MIX in HD all the time..It looks absolutely cruddy in SD (for those of us that have HD)..I ask...anyone with HD would you sit and watch these mix channels in their cruddy SD definition on your HD???? if you do sit there and watch these and enjoy them in their shoddy SD I further ask do you even know what HDMI is ??? heh heh!! or are you still on Yellow red & white cables..

    Dont be surprised alot of bars in NYC dont run the HDMI (those monster cables are expensive) and try to pass off HD with yellow red & white cables. I remember telling a bar owner that he has Fake HD, he denied..i said this is cable right?? you have Time Warner here right?? Time Warner puts their HD on a different tier unlike like Direct TV where they're right next to each other, when he couldnt access CBS in the channel 700's he was a$$ed out and pis$ed, that I called out his fake HD..let alone he didnt even know about the seperate HD tier..I said Cmon man get your HD boxes from the get go then if HDMI monster cables with length are too much $$ (and they are) ..Then component cable RED GREEN & BLUE it !!!!!!

    back to Direct TV, is it because in the news mix a few of those channels aint in HD like MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN Hdline???

    Those of you with glass picture tubes need not reply ;)

    But for us HD clientele..we ask..Direct TV, what the dilly-o ???? after all the ad campaign should be friends dont let friends who have HD watch cruddy SD..Especially since the election mix was in HD..again what the dilly-o??
  4. Nov 5, 2008 #84 of 100

    dhhaines Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
  5. Nov 5, 2008 #85 of 100

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    I really enjoyed this channel, as much for the ability to quickly/easily go from one channels' view (Fox News) to another (CNN) as to switch feeds when there was a commercial (it was funny to note the same commercial on CNN and CBS at the same time). I was really surprised to find out that my 14 year old daughter was also watching the mix - she preferred BBC America's coverage.

    So kudos to DirecTV for providing this (particularly in HD). It was appreciated (even if not all the race results were.... :rolleyes: )
  6. Nov 5, 2008 #86 of 100

    Thaedron Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    I agree, the news mix channel was a very useful tool during the election. Thanks DirecTV.
  7. Nov 5, 2008 #87 of 100

    dipdewdog Cool Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    The election mix was a big hit at my results viewing party. Thanks, D*.
  8. Nov 5, 2008 #88 of 100

    shovelhd AllStar

    Dec 11, 2006
    What a fantastic use of technology this channel turned out to be. Thank you D*.
  9. Nov 5, 2008 #89 of 100

    morgantown Icon

    Nov 15, 2005
    Awesome job DirecTV!
  10. Nov 5, 2008 #90 of 100
    Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    Apr 1, 2007
    I found this to be very useful as well... Thanks DirecTV!
  11. Nov 5, 2008 #91 of 100

    hdthebest Godfather

    Sep 10, 2007
    Very well done D* Thanks for your usual great customer service
  12. Nov 5, 2008 #92 of 100

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Only problem I saw was that DirecTV tended to be a little slow going out of "your channel is in local coverage" back to the national feed on the top row -- unfortunately, that was when things were most interesting on the networks, with them calling states immediately after the national coverage resumed.

    Of course, DirecTV was also a little slow switching from the Los Angeles local coverage to the "your channel is in local coverage" graphic. The first time I saw that happen, I thought they'd introduced new technology that was able to put everyone's individual local channels on the mix channel, but I guess not.

    Maybe in 2012, DirecTV will be able to use "clean" feeds from the networks and won't have to use those "local coverage" graphics.
  13. Nov 5, 2008 #93 of 100

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    Im glad they were slow for the brief seconds thats the 1st time I have ever seen a California station here in NYC even though it was brief. I felt like I was running with scissors! stupid rule why we in NYC cant have California locals. I have an HBO west coast channel that is completely useless being that HBO repeats absolutely everything.

    If we had the California locals here in NYC who the hell would need TIVO or DVR's for ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC shows ??? we'd just catch em later when Cali gets them at their time, thats the under the table reason why i believe Tivo's and DVR's both from cable and the satellite companies stay in business & flourish. Granted the sports blackouts i'd understand..But this blackout rule puzzles me..oh well i guess torrent sites for shows I miss is what i have been using...I dont have a Direct TV DVR and the DVR's i had with cable when I had cable used to last 9 months or about a year. I didnt overload them, keep old programs--> somehow they always used to break down..

    so since I been onboard with Direct TV i have not needed nor will i get the DVR from them. Torrent sites dont clip a few minutes, or JIP a few minutes , not record because title names have changed or phantom record infomercials i dont effin want at 2am, or software upgrades as of late I have been reading that has tanked recordings.. you can tell all my issues huh!!:mad:

    game on

    NEWS MIX IN HD...what the DILLY-o ??:confused:
  14. Nov 5, 2008 #94 of 100

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have never seen any interactive from D* that was bad. I think they should use it more often :)
  15. Nov 5, 2008 #95 of 100

    russdog Godfather

    Jul 31, 2006
    I really appreciate their MIX channels.
    It's a good idea, and it works (for me anyway).

    However, I don't understand the preference for HD in the MIX windows.
    I love HD, but it seems counterproductive there.
    With 8 little screens, I'd prefer SD windows that are a bit larger.
    As it is, there's lots of empty space around the 8 windows.
    By zooming my TV, I could make them bigger (but at the cost of cutting off the sides of the channels on the far-left and far-right).

    My wish would be that they'd show larger SD windows on the MIX channel, with the one you're listening to even bigger, but go to the HD channel if you changed the tuner to one.
    However, this falls into the category of tweaking, and everybody has their own preferences.
  16. Nov 5, 2008 #96 of 100

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    Thank you DirecTV for the Mix channel.

    Everyone loved it. It was a big hit. I think both of my relatives will sign up for DirecTV now. Cable just did not have this with the network coverage.
  17. Nov 6, 2008 #97 of 100

    gully_foyle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 18, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Great job with the Election Mix. Now, can we have News Mix and Sports Mix (and others) in HD all the time? In SD they don't make my fav list.
  18. Nov 6, 2008 #98 of 100

    shovelhd AllStar

    Dec 11, 2006
    Because if you click on the channel, it takes you directly to the HD station. That's what I want.
  19. Nov 6, 2008 #99 of 100

    gully_foyle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 18, 2007
    Los Angeles
    SD, and particularly DirecTV's less-than-NTSC SD doesn't have enough dots to properly display that many images successfully. On an SD set it's blurry, and on an HD set it is badly artifacted. Even if the images were side-by-side, top-to-bottom, there would only be about 120x240 dots for each image including text and crawls (which seem to drive the DirecTV SD compression algorithm nuts).

    On a 1920x1080 display you get (even with the spacing) about 360 square, which isn't much worse than DirecTV's SD on each image.

    In theory on HD you could get 480x540 on each station, less border, which would be better than DirecTV's normal SD image.

    So, yes, HD is better if you have a newer HD set. With a 2001-era projection set, maybe not so much.
  20. Nov 6, 2008 #100 of 100

    Santi360HD Icon

    Oct 6, 2008
    New York City
    it doesnt even have to take us the the HD channel itself, just the grid is what I'd like to see clear all the time even if it routs to an SD channel just the grid itself to be cleaner & not broken up in SD crud pixels..Anyone without HD and still on glass tubes will not understand the difference till they see it themselves..

    Holla my HD peeps!!! you know whass up there ..HOLLA news mix grid in HD PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE you did it election night...go forward with it and continue

    game on all

    Santi 360HD

Share This Page